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Author Biography: Larry Kane is news anchor for Eyewitness News at 11 on KYW TV in Philadelphia.
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Author Biography: Larry Kane is news anchor for Eyewitness News at 11 on KYW TV in Philadelphia.
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Editorial Reviews

Main Line Today
...a terrific book that stands with the best firsthand accounts of the city's recent history.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Larry Kane's life story is ultimately a lot like him. Driven, vulnerable, sincere, and infuriatingly likable.
Tom Ridge
It's just what you'd expect from Larry Kane—an engaging and indispensable primer for anyone who wants to practice politics in Philadelphia.
From The Critics
Dan Rather calls Larry Kane, the only lead anchor in America to work for all three major markets: ABC, NBC and CBS, "the dean of Philadelphia newsmen." During his thirty-four-year career he has covered almost every major event, earning the respect of local politicians, presidents, entertainers, and everyday citizens along the way. Larry Kane finds nothing more satisfying "than being the first [with a story], except being accurate." Dan Rather makes a good case. Kane's love affair with Philadelphia resonates throughout his book. All readers, regardless of where they call home, will relish the anecdotes about Philly's praised and notorious leaders and the events that made them legends. Good broadcast journalism is good broadcast journalism. Philadelphia, unlike other major cities, is more a conglomeration of diverse neighborhoods with sometime edgy racial relations, where blacks and whites manage to live peacefully. This was much less so in Philadelphia as it was for America in 1966, when Kane came to this city from Miami. By 1968 he was covering many of the unforgettable events of that tumultuous year. Kane was present at the arrest of James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, at Heathrow Airport in England. On the same overseas assignment he was tear-gassed by riot troops in France for trying to prevent them from raping female protestors during the student revolt at the Sorbonne. Kane returned to Philadelphia in time to cover the police riot at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. His memoir teems with stories about such politicos as former mayor James Tate, who reigned over a Democratic machine that arguably rivaled Daley's in Chicago, and events of national significance,including the fatal Move confrontation of 1985, where Mayor Wilson Goode became the first national leader to intentionally bomb one of his own neighborhoods; the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of 1979; and the sixties race riot in Wilmington, Delaware, that paralyzed the city for several months. Not every event was so harrowing. Former Beatle John Lennon once stepped in to do the weather forecast on Kane's show. The "fab four" became friends with Kane when he accompanied them on their summer tours of 1964-66, before he came to Philadelphia. The most revealing stories are about former mayor Frank Rizzo, the onetime rough and tumble police commissioner who dominated Philadelphia politics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Rizzo, to Kane, was the most authentic politician of his time. This colorful and controversial man was the first mayor to represent those city dwellers that couldn't or wouldn't move to the suburbs. Rizzo, according to Kane, had a soft spot for those down on their luck despite his menacing manner. Newscasts did not always run with seamless efficiency. Desi Arnaz, the popular former real life and television husband of Lucille Ball, died after a long illness while Kane was on the air. Producer Paul Gluck broke the news to Kane's co-anchor, Alan Frio, by whispering "Lucee, I'm dead!" Frio was so convulsed that he crawled off the set, leaving Kane to finish the show while struggling not to laugh. Larry Kane, after so many years, shows no sign of slowing down or losing his enthusiasm for the news. The reader of these memoirs will be treated to a real taste--good and bad--of Philadelphia by a man who has become a local institution in his own right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566398060
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2000
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword – Dan Rather
Prologue: My Philadelphia, or I Am a Marked Car
1. The Road to the Anchor Chair
2. Success in the Seventies
3. Crisis and Change
4. Politics, Personality, and the Future of TV
Epilogue: Before I Say Good Night
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Great For Broadcast and Communications Students

    If you know someone who is interested in communications and TV, I would highly recommend this book. Kane takes you inside the real world of broadcast news. Nothing is left to the imagination. This could be a great graduation gift. Hope you like it as much as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2000

    Touch the Sole of Philadelphia

    A classy newscaster's views and personal relationships that puts you there over the last thirty years in shaping one of the toughest and eclectic cities in America. Would make a great movie. Written buy a true gentleman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    Larry Kane's Philadelphia

    My husband and I have been fighting for 'control' of this book. It is a refreshingly candid account of the life of one of America's top local anchors. Kane's story is so frank and blunt that I couldn't put it down. The book is for anyone, anywhere who puts stock in good reporting, and who laments the state of tv news today. This is provocative stuff. Dan Rather's foreword tells you all you need to know about this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Larry Kane's Philadelphia

    I'm not a literary expert, but I couldn't put this one down. Kane has brought me a different, very candid look at life in television news. Every communications student in the country will learn from this one. I would recommend it highly. This seems to be the real thing.

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